Meditation On Your Feet

In the fourth video shot in the hills of Trempealeau County Wisconsin the students of Independence High School demonstrate the third exercise of the day: “BEING”; an exercise I like to call meditation on your feet because it bridges the gap from finding being or presence and sharing it outward into the world.

The photos were lifted from the video in the moment of “BEING” in the video and then planted in the landscape of hills where the City of Independence rests in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, U.S.A., North America, Earth…


My Soical Security # is…

You want to steal my identity?
It’s Yours gift wrapped
No returns, no refunds
So, will you agree?


I won’t take it back
When the bills come due
And the lower back pain?
Excedrin – take two.


Lie awake at night
Turning a tossing
The children, the mortgage
and not enough flossing.


I won’t be around
Since you will be me
Just send your regrets
To your iden-tit-ee.


Play?~ Eckart Tolle – Humming birds ~Play!

Eckhart Tolle has been a powerful voice for many people who seek to practice the quieting of the mind and to experience the peaceful presence of their deep, and eternal self. The excerpts on the video where delivered at the Findhorn Retereat in Scotland in the Spring of 2004 and the full DVD is available from New World Library
HERE<—– or from the Eckart Tolle web site

His voice and message reached me at a difficult transition in my own life to remind me of the true essence of improvising and, then, lead me to share the exercises of Meet Your Playful Self.

I would like to give credit to the humming birds but I do not know their names…I guess you could offer suggestions?

Enjoy the video, the words of Eckhart Tolle, the magnificent presence of humming birds, and the words of some playful people all pointing to the fun, and spontaneous joy found in improvisation!

Meet Your Playful Self

The playful…!



Improvisation, it is a mystery. You can write a book about it, but by the end on one still knows what it is. When I improvise and I’m in good form, I’m like somebody half sleeping. I even forget there are people in front of me.

Great improvisers are like priests; they are thinking only of their god.



_comment from U Tube feedback_ “What always amazed me about Stephane Grapelli,outside of his uniquely beautiful artistic interpretation of the music,was just his physical ability to? play the really hard and fast bars of a score as easily, tirelessly and deftly as the slower bars – this phenomenal ability stayed with Stephane into his late 80’s!!!”

Meet Your Playful Self -In Action

Meet Your Playful Self – In Action Introduction

This is the introduction to the video series Meet Your Playful Self – In Action which was shot with students from Independence High School in Wisconsin at the Trempealeau County TV studio in Whitehall, Wisconsin.

Left to right: Molly Backman, Jared Rebarchek, Hillary Bautch, Sean Warner, Valeria Perez, Stephen Hansen

We had fun doing the exercises from the Meet Your Playful Self workshop. The video series offers a closer look at how you can awaken your playful self.

The series will go on to show three of the forty-seven exercises, described in the book Meet Your Playful Self, that allow ANYONE to practice the paths to become a more mindful and playful person

You can subscribe to the series on the feed at the left under the heading:Playful Video Feeds rss. It is available as mp4 download playable on itunes or ipod.

Kickapoo – Watching the River

People in this part of the the Driftless (and it is funny how spell checker always underlines the word as being “misspelled”) Area are watching the Kickapoo river. It has swelled to near flood stage three times over the course of this Summer, and we all remember how it rose high enough to make the main bubble in Yahoo News a couple of years ago.

Normally, it is just “there” flowing through and around us as a gentle, winding, water spirit embracing our lives. Then when the downpours come in 4 – 5 – 6 inch bursts, the river is HERE. It is at our door step, in our corn fields, and threatens to bring the FEMA folks in to turn us out of our homes.

So the river expresses the yin-yang of our lives – here then there – an expression that is captured in the word “Kickapoo” itself since it is a …..well watch the video and you will see:

While we are on the subject here is a video of Paul McCartney performing “Kickapoo”…well close.

NOW spiritual NOW improvisational NOW playful

“The noun of self becomes a verb. This flashpoint of creation in the present moment is where work and play merge.”
– Steven Nachmanovitch

From “Meet Your Playful Self”.

The Function of – Yes….and…

As we look at practicing the yes…and…statement as a means to become a more playful person, it is a good time to look at why it is so necessary and basic in coloring our perceptions and vital to a conversation.

It is a first and primary step simply because it holds the dialogue and action of a conversation in a spontaneous and intuitive place. In other words, Yes…and… helps keep the action in the now. Playing in the spontaneous now is what improvisation is all about. We learn that we have a strong tendency to negate, question, or manipulate the observation. These tendencies often come as a complete surprise.

Now with a flower. Now with a traffic jam.

Eckhart Tolle (born Ulrich Tolle, 16 February 1948) is a German / Canadian spiritual teacher, motivational speaker, and writer.Ekhart Tolle’s message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle’s clear writing, supportive voice, and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who’s ever wondered what exactly “living in the now” means.

Walking meditation makes mindfulness active.

(From Wiki) Nhat Hanh has become an important influence in the development of Western Buddhism. His teachings and practices aim to appeal to people from various religious, spiritual, and political backgrounds, intending to offer mindfulness practices for more Western sensibilities.

THINK – I found an elf??

In a small village near by near the Black River there us a cave-like rock formation which is quite miraculous in itself. This is the actual and untouched digital picture of the interior of the formation.

When I downloaded it and looked at the left side of the picture and near the bottom I noticed this floating figure…do you see it? (Please say: “yes”.)

So I cropped out the portion of interest and futzed with it a bit on Photo Shop…

Did we find an elf or what?

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Comedy & Vulnerability-1

Pronunciation: ?v?l-n(?-)r?-b?l, ?v?l-n?r-b?l
Function: adjective
Etymology: Late Latin vulnerabilis, from Latin vulnerare to wound, from vulner-, vulnus wound; probably akin to Latin vellere to pluck, Greek oul? wound
Date: 1605*

from Merriam Webster online dictionary

1 : capable of being physically or emotionally wounded
2 : open to attack or damage : assailable
3 : liable to increased penalties but entitled to increased bonuses after winning a game in contract bridge.

This overlay of two presidents speaking in public is a spring board to suggest how vulnerability attracts us at listeners, warms our heart, and allows us to smile and laugh more easily

Regardless of politics, red/blue, black/white – which of the two presidents is a more vulnerable human being?

Which one would be “more easily wounded”? – “open to attack”?

What does this have to do with improvisation, comedy, or how we present who we are to others?

The videos below feature to very funny people who carry a real vulnerability in every nuance, each move, and by their very presence.

Christopher Crosby “Chris” Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997)

Mitchell Lee “Mitch” Hedberg (February 24, 1968 – March 29, 2005)

Do you see it? Suggest other comedians you find vulnerable and I will try to include them in future posts about Comedy and Vulnerability.

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